Vic"ar(vk"r), n. [OE. vicar, viker, vicair, F. vicaire, fr. L. vicarius. See Vicarious.] 1. One deputed or authorized to perform the functions of another; a substitute in office; a deputy. [R.]
(Eng. Eccl. Law) The incumbent of an appropriated benefice.
The distinction between a parson [or rector] and vicar is this: The parson has, for the most part, the whole right to the ecclesiastical dues in his parish; but a vicar has generally an appropriator over him, entitled to the best part of the profits, to whom he is in fact perpetual curate with a standing salary.
(R. C. Ch.) (a) A bishop to whom the Roman pontiff delegates a portion of his jurisdiction. (b) Any ecclesiastic acting under a papal brief, commissioned to exercise episcopal authority. (c) A titular bishop in a country where there is no episcopal see, or where the succession has been interrupted. --
Vicar forane. [Cf. LL.
foraneus situated outside of the episcopal city, rural. See Vicar, and Foreign.]
(R. C. Ch.) A dignitary or parish priest appointed by a bishop to exercise a limited jurisdiction in a particular town or district of a diocese.
Addis & Arnold. --
(Ch. of Eng.) The deputy of the Archbishop of Canterbury or York, in whose court the bishops of the province are confirmed.
Encyc. Brit. (b)
(R. C. Ch.) An assistant to a bishop in the discharge of his official functions. --
Vicar of Jesus Christ
(R. C. Ch.), the pope as representing Christ on earth.
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